group show 59:
About the Artists
David is a self-taught photographer based in Vienna. After graduating from the University of Vienna with a Bachelor of Arts he started to work as a freelance photographer. Besides several group exhibitions, his work has been featured in independent art publications. His main interest is the intersection between realism and fiction respectively the synthesis of both. This manifests itself in his analogue practice and use of digital manipulation which, in the best case, challenges the viewers opinion of what’s supposed to be real and what not and encourages the viewer to change their very own view.
Bio: Kerim Aytac was born in Istanbul, grew up in London where he is still based and went to French school. He finds language interesting. He studied film for his degree and photography for his masters, both at Goldsmiths College. He has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows. He is a teacher of film and the head of arts at a school for his day job.
Statement: Throughout my practice, I have been drawn to the idea of absence. I am fascinated by traces within urban landscapes that reflect presence. Earlier projects have engaged with this concept from different angles and conceptual frameworks. Recently I have begun to see these traces as part of a language. It is a language that operates according to an inner logic that is beyond our reach, but to which we can come tantalisingly close. I will continue to explore the notion of language as expressed through organic, unchained signifiers.
Bio: Karl Baden is a photographer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Statement: I've been waiting for my number to come up...
Bio: Mitchell Barton (he/him) is an artist working in Salt Lake City, Utah. He works primarily with photography, video, sculpture, and digital mediums. His work has been shown in galleries and online by Self Publish Be Happy, CUAC, Humble Arts Foundation, the Lithuanian Photographers Association, BANAL BANAL, and others. He recently had his second solo exhibition in June, 2018, at Tropical Contemporary in Eugene, Oregon.
Statement: In my occupation as a web developer, I make functional websites that are created to communicate specific messages, or guide a user to an action. Perhaps because of the quick and direct nature of communication in this field of work, I am drawn to following a different course of action for making art—one that welcomes a more cryptic approach, and embraces things that are seemingly dumb or useless.
Bio: Born in 1964 in Lleida (Spain) Antoni Benavente began his artistic career in the nineteen-eighties. Benavente studied Visual Art and Graphic Design in the Municipal School of Fine Arts of Lleida. His work has been selected in diverse national and international photographic exhibitions and festivals. His artistic work forms part of both public and private collections. He currently works and lives in Lleida and is represented by Petit Galeria.
Statement: My work is composed mostly of photographic series of my walks through towns, cities and their peripheries. Spaces where instants of a certain "magical realism" arise and which I especially like to capture. Most of my work is done in black and white. I think grayscale representation conveys the essentials of what I have perceived and wish to communicate.
Bio: Paul Berger taught at the University of Washington from 1978 to 2013 in the Photography program which he co-founded. He has worked in the photographic medium since 1965, and in digital electronic media since 1981.. He has exhibited his photographic and digital artworks widely, both nationally and in Europe. A retrospective publication of his works, Multiplex, was published in 2018 by Minor Matters Books.
Statement: For over a year I photographed the slate blackboards in the classrooms of the mathematics department at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign. Daily, hourly, these blackboards were filled with the chalk scrawled symbols and equations that accompanied the voice of the instructor in his or her presentation. As the hour ended, these hand drawn gestures remained in stasis only briefly, as they were inevitably partially erased and overwritten the next class period. My initial impulse to straightforwardly document this arena quickly evolved into a more fluid approach of layered scanning, partially overlapping adjacent frames on the film in a manner that allowed me to reconfigure the conventional use of the frame, the film strip, and the contact sheet.
Bio: Diego Camposeco is a Mexican-American visual artist who's photography is primarily in the the documentary register. His long term project, Transterrestria documents the relatively nascent Latinx community in the American South. He received his BFA in studio art with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has shown at spaces such as the Nasher Musuem of Art, the Cameron Art Museum, and Aperture Gallery.
Statement: My work primarily deals with the relatively nascent Latinx population in North Carolina, but numerology tends to pop up quite a bit in my photography whether that's literally because a child proudly posted their math calculation up on the wall, or because more subtly, fractal patterns appear on window curtains near a small altar to the Virgen Guadalupe. I like to think of my work as illustrating a human migratory cellular automaton pattern.
Bio: Berton Chang is a freelance photographer in Hong Kong.
Statement: This series of pictures explores the man altered landscape for the signatures of the individual, in a non-linguistic abstract construct. Variations in mediums from a simple pen stroke to structures of common industrial materials, initially appear alien and confounding but over time, vaguely familiar: The aberration from a dream, a fraction of something once known, or, more succinctly, lyrical.
Anna Brownsted and Luke Harby
Luke Harby is an artist who works solely with photographic film and Anna Brownsted is an interdisciplinary artist working across sound, installation, text and performance. The series of images from their first collaboration ‘Sodium Cloud Image’ explore the concept of scale and abstract measurement systems, while questioning how humans make meaning of the unknown.
Ali Kate Cherkis
Bio: Ali Kate Cherkis is a photographer from Western Massachusetts, who just recently returned to the States after spending three years in London. There, she resided in Hackney, on the edge of the Hasidic neighborhood of Stamford Hill. Living there, she was often confronted with questions about her Jewish heritage and identity. But for her, spiritual euphoria is when the light is perfect and three Hasidic girls happen to walk by her in order of height in matching pink outfits.
Bio: Chrystal Cherniwchan (b.1973) is a Canadian artist living in the UK. She studied photography at the Alberta College of Art & Design, and is currently in her last year of an MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking degree. She is interested in independent artist publishing, and incorporating conceptual and hybrid printmaking ideas into her photographic practice.
Statement: These images were made in response to words and concepts found in two mathematics papers, Loop-weighted walk by Tyler Helmuth and Self-attracting self avoiding walk by Alan Hammond and Tyler Helmuth. The words and concepts from the papers acted as a portal, leaving science behind to walk on a fictional terrain.
Key words/concepts: Self-interacting, self-attracting, self-avoiding, random walks, loops, repulsion, loop erasure, spin, bubble chain, memory, zigzag, unwieldy, spacelike, non-empty collections, hyperedges, connectedness, flips, and heaps of pieces.
Bio: Robin Cracknell is a photographer and artist living in London, UK. His work has been widely exhibited internationally including, notably, a Saatchi-curated show at The Michael Hoppen Gallery in London and a solo show at Sous Les Etoiles in New York. A selection of his notebooks is featured in the acclaimed Thames and Hudson publication, ‘Photographers’ Sketchbooks’ with further work from his 'Childhood' series in Thames and Hudson's 'Family Photography Now'.
Statement: I'm interested in death and impermanence, how things shine and how they disappear. How love comes and goes. I find film beautiful. How it fades and disintegrates.
Rose Marie Cromwell
Bio: Rose Marie Cromwell is a photographic and video artist based in Miami, whose work explores the effects of globalization on human interaction and social politics. She is also interested in the tenuous space between the political and the spiritual. Her first photobook, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte was published this fall by TIS Books and was awarded the Light Work Photobook Award.
Statement: “Cromwell pays homage to a Cuba that she grew to love over nearly a decade of returning to Havana to make pictures. Her work quickly acknowledges its subjective/self-reflexive nature through a non-linear narrative that alludes to life's ‘luck of the draw,’ exploring some of the very real complexities of contemporary Cuba (including her own presence as an artist coming-of-age). Through a lyrical sequence of images of everyday rituals, she captures a Cuba that is multi-layered and continues to defy expectations. Cromwell’s photographs take us to a place that is, perhaps most of all, profoundly human—and through this, she expresses her belief that even intimacy is political.” - Shane Lavalette
Bio: self-taught Greek photographer living in Athens, Greece. Studied Physics and IT (University of Athens). Having steadily pursued photography since 2010 and has contributed in various magazines and group exhibitions.
Statement: The photographer acts as a medium that objectively reflects the dystopian image of now while he manages to stay unnoticed.
Joy Drury Cox
Bio: Joy Drury Cox (b. 1978, Atlanta, Georgia) is an artist and educator living in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Emory University and earned her M.F.A. from the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2003. Her works are included in various private and public collections, including the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Bio: Jon Dunning lives and works in Cambridge, England. He has a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Photography from the University for the Creative Arts and an M.A. in Photography from the University of West London. He has exhibited photographs and books in galleries in England, Europe and the U.S.A.
Statement: Jon Dunning takes photographs and makes books.
Bio: Eric Edvalson is an artist from Washington state but currently lives and works in Utah. He recently started an apartment gallery in Provo, UT called PAL.
Statement: Eric Edvalson works in photography, sculpture, and installation. Wrangling with nostalgia through various objects and materials, he has been exploring in what manner photography can be a medium of hyperrealism. The work presented here is a smaller subset of an ongoing series, Expanded Objects, which uses household materials to make visual approximations of video game data; texture maps and mapped motion capture plot points.
Bio: Kes Efstathiou has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA from Montana State University - Bozeman.
Statement: "Wear Like Iron" is a body of work exploring buffalo checkered flannel and its stereotypical ties to a rugged version of masculinity.
Bio: Daniel Everett is an artist and professor working across a range of media including photography, video, sculpture, and installation. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Daniel currently teaches at Brigham Young University as an associate professor of New Genres.
Statement: The Constellation images were dealing with the possibility of order and meaning emerging from random systems. The other image is a picture of notes from a book project set against my office carpet.
Bio: Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. Worked in the field of photojournalism. Now a freelance photographer. Was published in many foreign magazine. Exhibitions in Ukraine, Poland, South Korea, and Latvia
Statement: I'm attracted to strange and surreal things, I'm trying to find them or create them myself. Now I'm focusing on pictures of nature and the environment. Not only because this is the most amazing thing that surrounds us daily, but also because it is extremely fragile. With my photos I want to capture this beauty and create something unusual, unusual for things.
Bio: Lauren's photography falls in the matrix where fine art and documentary meet, where she can tell truths about our relationships to other people, animals, nature, and ourselves. Her work has been been exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery, Candela Gallery, Colorado Photographic Art Center, and has been published in Harper’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and China’s Photographer’s Companion, among others. Her series, Montana Noir, is currently on display in the Montana Triennial at the Yellowstone Art Museum, Object Space in Spokane, WA, and at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai UAE.
Statement: In the late 1990’s I slipped anonymously into a job in the surveillance department at one of the largest casinos in the world. There I found myself with over 800 cameras at my fingertips, and at the push of a button, the option to print a frame seen on the monitor before me while searching remotely for human indiscretions. I became Photographer X.
Bio: Gretchen Grace is a Brooklyn-based artist, photographer, and designer.
Statement: I have always been an observer, and photography gives me a language to describe what I see. I am an obsessive visual note taker, always on the hunt for the random and iconic moments of the every day.
Ahndraya Parlato and Gregory Halpern
These photographs were made on the Solstices and Equinoxes of 2012 and 2013. They were made wherever they happened to be—their home, traveling, or wherever they found themselves on those four days of the year.
While photographing, they thought loosely about time, about what time looks like to each of them—time of day, time of year, time in the sense of a lifespan. Not surprisingly, certain themes recurred—birth and death, transition and renewal, lightness and darkness.
The title is borrowed from a Norwegian folk tale. They liked the idea of trying to rely on two continually shifting landmarks as navigational guides, how disorienting that idea is, and how it creates an elusive or impossible place.
Bio: Erli Grünzweil (b. 1992) is based in Vienna. Before studying photography he worked as a graphic designer and worked within the field of music video production. The combination of these three visual disciplines—photography, design and moving image—influences his work and life.
Statement: Erli Grünzweil’s work lays in the intersection of observational and staged photography. He is questioning the medium itself through bringing it to its boundaries—the boundaries of lens based photography and computer generated pictures, static and moving images, fact and fiction. The outcome are hybrids which seemingly show ordinary situations or random things, but through aesthetics, types of image production and content it goes deeper and addresses social, political and personal matters.
Bio: Ville Kumpulainen (b.1988) living and working in Helsinki. He holds an BA in photography from Turku Arts Academy, Finland and Currently studying his MA in photography at Aalto University of Arts and Design, Helsinki Finland. He works was included in several group exhibitions among other Dark room, present in Finnish Museum of Photography in 2015 and private exhibition Titanik gallery 2016. He book Out of Sight was published 2017 by Hatje Cantz.
Statement: In my series Eye and Idea part 2, the intrinsic voice of objects and things gets combined with fragments of words which I have encountered in magazines and books and have collected over time. Useless ob- jects void of their familiar purpose gain new meaning through these words. My artistic body of works visualizes the unexpected and inconsistent ways of thinking which can be sought after and arrestingly discovered in the process of creating.
Bio: Calvin Lee (b. 1983, Boston, MA) received an MFA in the Photography & Media Program from California Institute of the Arts in 2009; and a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2007. Calvin currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Statement: My work uses photographic practices and image making techniques to explore the artificial boundaries within the contemporary image. Through surrealist discoveries, my practice investigates the desire, schizophrenia, and fantasy found in images and representation ever so present in our digital age.
Bio: Elsa Leydier was born in 1988 in France. After studying languages, she entered the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2012. She graduated in 2015, and now lives between Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Lyon (France). In her photographic work, she aims to interrogate images that are used to define iconic places and territories, and tries to show them from other points of view, through the prism of alternative and lesser stories. Her work has been shown in several shows like in Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, France), in Le Réverbère Gallery (Lyon, France), Chez Agnès b., Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery (Paris, France), and in solo shows in Bogotá (Colombia) and San Francisco (US), and very soon in Paris.
Statement: My photographic works starts when postcards start to break apart. During the exploration of territories which are foreign to me, on which I settle or that I travel at time, I am in search of stories; stories or images which will then nuance the dominant representations, put in wrong stereotypical images and iconic views of the territory. My work is about visual representation of regions across Brazil and Latin America in general. While considering dominant and stereotypical representations, I try to nuance them, by reducing each work to their condition, or by revealing the flaws and limits. I construct and manipulate my images, in order to propose the viewer not to submit themselves to the imposed point of view, but rather to step outside of themselves and view my work through the prism of other stories, in order to escape the dominant stereotypes of people and territories.
Bio: Brittany Marcoux is a photographer and visual artist from Massachusetts. In 2016 she received her MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham MA, AS220 in Providence RI, §üb∫amsøn, Aviary Gallery, and Nave Gallery in Boston MA. She was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Photography, The Blanche E. Colman Award, and the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award Honorable Mention. Marcoux is also an adjunct photography professor at RISD and Roger Williams University.
Bio: Sam Margevicius is a photographic artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work engages repeated and sequential appearances in order to play with the ephemeral nature of understanding, In 2017 he received his MFA from ICP-Bard college. Sam’s work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide, and his bookworks are in the permanent collection of several libraries throughout New York City. He teaches at The International Center of Photography and works as a silver gelatin mural printer at Black & White on White Labs, Inc.
Statement: My art practice is based on my search for the manifestation of coincidence. I have always been curious about the ways in which a sequence of subjective experiences can provide context for the significance one ascribes to objects and events around them. Great joy and tragedy may result from such readings, but these responses remain ephemeral. In making a photograph, I aim to produce a vessel that accommodates the viewers’ projected beliefs and pattern recognitions.
Bio: Hungarian photographer who began her photographic career at the Studio of Young Photographers Hungary, graduated on Photography at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and at Athens School of Fine Arts. She takes part in solo and group exhibitions (New York, Amsterdam, Athens, Rome, Aix-en-Provence, Budapest, Bratislava, Brussels, Chaves, Erlangen, Greifswald...). She has been awarded by the National Geographic Photography Contest Hungary, József Pécsi Hungarian Fineart Photography Grant, and Photoart felowship by Hungarian National Cultural Fund. Her book Mediterrano (2008).
Statement: Photography opens another dimension.
Sue Palmer Stone
Bio: A Connecticut native (b.1961), Stone earned her B.A. from Colby College and M.A. in French from NYU. Since 2012, she has been a participant in the photography workshops of Sandi Haber Fifield. Stone pays tribute to imperfection and impermanence through her practice that includes driving around Connecticut, or various travel destinations, trawling for things to capture in neglected or beat-up spaces that most would rather not bother to explore. From these, she often hauls items to different sites or back to her studio to work with them sculpturally and again photographically.
Statement: Embodiment —Salvaging A Self
I took to my art over the last couple years to capture my struggle with a newly diagnosed autoimmune condition that threatens my physical health and mobility. I use this personal experience, and the cast-off items I find and collect in gritty spaces that I explore, to create images that incorporate sculptural objects I make, found objects, a little bit of both, and self-portraits — all in some way about standing up, standing tall (I’m 5’11”) and holding it all together, literally (glue, pins, tape, staples…) and figuratively. Throughout, there’s a question of solidity, and underlying fragility, that is an especially urgent theme to me.
Bio: Matt Rahner is a photographer currently based in Sweet Springs, Missouri. He currently works as the Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri.
Statement: The work I make establishes, exposes, & traverses boundaries, which are often overlooked. I am constantly seeking out found situations that possess an inherent psychological complexity. By working in this way I am able to release total control & navigate the world in an intuitive manner. My work relies on the viewer to project their multimodal experiences onto a scene. My scenes are intentionally depopulated so that absence may become the subject matter.
Bio: Terry Ratzlaff is a visual artist. His photography draws inspiration from brief encounters with people and situations that are overlooked by others or which are disapproved of as unsafe, seamy, or uncomfortable. In doing so, he captures the relationships that humans try to create with environments or social contexts from which they are detached or isolated, but in which they hope to be accepted.
Bio: Diego Rodriguez is a 23 year old Chicago born and raised artist. He has half a degree from Columbia College Chicago where he currently resides. Diego is a Lab Assistant at a non-profit DIY photo lab in Chicago and is interested in teaching and learning the technicalities of image-making.
Statement: Diego Rodriguez enjoys making images that the general public can "get." Much of his photographs focus on the passage of time in relation to people, places, instances, and relationships. His work critiques what is considered "art" and what is not. His work means to touch on the feeling of what it means to be alive and sensible. Diego means to take the audience on a walk and simply point out "wow look at that!"
Bio: Gabriel Sacco lives and works in Connecticut. He comes from a liberal arts background where he studied politics, philosophy, and biology. His continued interest in metaphysics inspires his artwork.
Statement: I made these pictures when I was just starting to grow into adult hood. For this project I wanted to focus on the proportions of the Breuer home, Gagarin II. I use Breuer’s design to make my photographs pleasing and ‘right’. I wanted to contradict this fact with black and white film. These pictures are my continued exploration into unknown spaces and how they can be perceived as both eerie and pleasant at the same time. I continue to delve into the parallel photographic reality.
Bio: Joey Solomon is currently in his last year of studying for his BFA in Photography from NYU. Solomon is meditating on queer terrain, survival, illness and family.
Statement: These images are selects from a larger body of work that reveal the rebounding rehabilitations resulting from having Solomon’s life threatened by a tumor. Long term effects of over- lapping medications on the brain becomes a component of the works themselves, calling upon the viewer to question the reality within topography of a forest of mental and familial consequences. These are uncanny moments of numeric symmetry and asymmetry throughout Solomon’s healing process as patient and photographer.
Bio: Coming from a mixed culture (Moroccan and Austrian) and having lived in various countries, without her family from an early age, translates in a position neither here or there, or on the fringes, feeling foreign and belonging in many places and none at the same time, in terms of not only identity but also physically, a notion she learned to exploit as an artist and photographer. The idea of home, culture, identity and place is for her a very fertile ground for investigation. Malika Sqalli is also a qualified personal trainer and holistic lifestyle coach, Kettlebell athlete and fully licensed skydiver camerawoman. Malika has shown her work on four continents,and she also did a Ted Talk in 2013 in Casablanca about one of her project - Latitude 34.
Statement: One day in 2010 when I was spending time in Los Angeles, I realised that I was standing at 34º02 latitude. This is the exact same latitude as the city of my birth, Rabat, Morocco:34.02. Both are facing west. 34 is also the amount of years I had been on this planet. Within a week I was on the road. I decided to trace the latitude 34 around the globe.
Bio: Dana Stirling is a still life photographer, and the Co-Founder & Editor of Float Photo Magazine in addition, Dana is an editor at Aint-Bad magazine and she is a contributing writer for Lenscratch. Dana was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and is now based in Queens, NY ; she received her MFA from The School Of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2016 and her BA from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications in 2013.
Statement: The New York Public Library Picture Collection caches over one million original prints, photos, posters, graphics, magazines, illustrations and texts sorted into thousands of binders, each with a specific category and subject. Before Google, the Internet and the ‘age of data’ someone at library attempted to collect and archive the entire volume of visual references published in magazines and newspapers that include pictures and drawings depicting aliens and UFOs.
Bio: Alan Thomas is a publisher and photographer in Chicago. In 2012, his one-person show at the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Calcutta, surveyed his urban landscape photographs made over two decades in Chicago, Tokyo, and Calcutta. He has exhibited at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, the Illinois State Museum in Chicago, and the Flak Photo Midwest Print Show, among other venues, and his work is held in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographer’s Project. His photographs and writing have appeared in several features on Design Observer and Places Journal, and his photobook 55x5 was published in 2018 by Marquand Editions. Thomas is editorial director at the University of Chicago Press, where he has published many books related to photography and visual studies. For more information, visit www.alan-thomas.com.
Statement: Why five? Because five has a certain authority: the Torah has five books, Islam has five pillars, my hand has five fingers. Because the number five is beautiful in form—the ampersand of numerals. Because the poet William Carlos Williams “saw the figure 5 / in gold / on a red / firetruck / moving / tense / unheeded,” and the artist Charles Demuth paid homage to Williams’s poem in The Great Figure, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. What began as a small diversion from other work soon became an obsession as I sought out 5s from Lisbon to Frankfurt, Berkeley to Roanoke. The result, a photobook entitled 55x5, is published by Marquand Editions with an introduction by Kathryn Lofton.
Bio: Internet Vernacular is a archive of vernacular photography obtained while rummaging through the online photographic collections of users who haven't posted in years.
Statement: Amateur numerology.
Bio: Bronwen Wickstrom is an artist interested in the convergence of artificial and organic and the resulting projection of an idealized landscape. Through exploration of National Parks, her practice looks at how perfection is presented within human maintained environments. By including images that present untouched environments in conversation with images that reveal human influence, she is commenting on the existing language of landscape photography and reinserting human presence within the outdoors.
Statement: In numerology, the master number 11 is responsible for life path double 1 and life path two 2. As an 11, I am interested in the characteristics that are ascribed to the number, primarily the connection between mortal and immortal. With these images I explored the immortality of geology and transitory nature of human interaction and how they directly inscribe my life path of 11, 2 or double 1 into the earth.
Bio: Christian Woodward is a San Diego and New Jersey based photographer who focuses on people, their environments, and the interactions therein. While attaining a Bachelors degree in psychology, he pursued a minor specialization in lens-based art at the College of New Jersey, exhibiting his work in catalogues and gallery shows produced by the school. His work has also been recognized in the Blackwell Street art show, CCM photography contest, and Scholastic art & writing awards.
Statement: Paresthesia is a photographic series that freezes everyday moments and, via distinct dramatizations and constructed scenes, seeks to draw attention to the significance of these moments that are, otherwise, so fleeting. Emphasizing repetition and singularity, the selected photos call attention to interactions we have with our environments and prompt consideration of how we move throughout our days.
Bio: Devin Yalkin (b. 1981), native and resident of NYC, is a black & white photographer who received his BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts.
Statement: My personal work is an adventure into the ethereal world with dreamscapes always in mind. These images are made with the same longing as one does holding on to memories of a dream as they wake up. Some of the photographs seem as though they haven't fully materialized and this is because I’m securing these ephemeral encounters moments before they disappear.
Bio: Christiane Zschommler, born in East Berlin, was a self-taught photographer taken grainy black and white photographs on her travels through Eastern Europe. In 1992 she received a grant for 6 months to teach German in London and did not go back. In 1998 she completed a BA in Photography at University of Westminster, London. With her recent work she focuses on her experiences of totalitarianism, using kept notebooks, personal documents and government statistics as starting point.
Statement: My photographic work has been a means of reflecting of live behind The Berlin Wall,. The experience of East German totalitarianism has been reduced to sets of facts and numbers. I create and photograph objects that integrate formerly secret government statistics by obscuring the content, following a process of layering or erasing parts of the document, then reducing them to fundamental shapes and forms until there is only a trace of the original remaining.